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Erdogan Relies on Nationalist Kingmaker for Presidential System

  • Turkey’s nationalist MHP holds key to referendum on charter
  • Erdogan must win MHP support for constitutional amendment

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions to concentrate powers in his office depend on formal talks that were to begin Monday between the ruling AK Party and a nationalist opposition party, which is leaning toward referring the controversial issue to a popular referendum.

Secretary General Abdulhamit Gul of AKP and lawmaker Mehmet Parsak of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, were expected to meet Monday to discuss the ruling party’s proposal to introduce an executive presidency through a constitutional amendment, according to Parsak’s office.